Johnston chase puts 'run and done' law into practice
Posted December 2, 2011
The Johnston County Sheriff's Office chased a man driving on a revoked license Friday afternoon with the certainty that when they caught him, they would be able to assure he'd be off the road.
Freddie Woodall, 35, is among the first drivers in the state to be subject to a new law colloquially known as "Run and You're Done."
The legislation gives law enforcement officers the power to impound a person's vehicle if he or she tries to flee from authorities. The vehicle becomes the property of the state while the driver's case goes through the court system. If the driver is found guilty, the car can be sold.
Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said Woodall crossed the median on Interstate 40 and hit speeds of up to 100 mph going westbound in the eastbound lanes.
"This guy is no stranger to law enforcement," Bizzell said. Woodall's criminal record includes charges of breaking and entering, larceny and passing worthless checks.
As deputies closed in, Woodall ran from his van and hid on top of a tobacco barn.
"Tough luck. The vehicle is seized," Bizzell said. "His vehicle has been seized, and it hopefully will be sold by the courts."
The law dictates that any proceeds from the sale of seized vehicles be directed to schools.